Jessica’s Infertility Story

Each week I interview someone who has been through infertility firsthand. This week, Jessica from A Hummingbird Paused shares her infertility story. Enjoy!

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 28 years old and live in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 6 years and we have 2 fur babies; one is a Maltese (Henry) and the other is a Chihuahua mix (Sienna). Both were rescues and they bring so much joy to my life, I can’t imagine being on this journey without them.

I’ve always been very organized and thought I had my life all planned out. I wanted two kids before 30, and I was confident that would happen. I have always been very careful with birth control until I felt the time was right to start trying. Sadly, the idea I had in my mind of how my life would be didn’t exactly match reality. I’ve spent the last 4+ years trying to get pregnant and it’s changed everything. My relationships, finances, my dreams for a future. Infertility has taken so much from me. And for a long time I was very depressed and felt like a victim. “Why me?” There was a lot of comparison and wondering what I did wrong to deserve this.

I’ve since come to realize that none of us have done anything wrong. I believe that we are all here on this earth to learn and to grow. Everyone has their own challenges and trials in life, and what matters is how you choose to react when things don’t go your way. This isn’t easy and it’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I really feel that I’m a better person because of everything I’ve been through. And I’m blessed to be a part of this community and for all of the amazing friendships I’ve made along the way. [Read more…]

Weekly Infertility Link Up

Each week I give you the opportunity to link up your best or favorite infertility-related blog post from the past week.  I really look forward to reading the submissions each week and I hope you do, too.  If you don’t have your own blog, take the time to check out some of the links!

Here’s How It Works

  1. Leave your link in the comments below. Please tell us a little about your post or describe it.
  2. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  3. Please visit at least one other blog in the link-up and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
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KNOWHEN Saliva Monitor {Giveaway}

Happy Monday! I have another great giveaway for you today.

I was recently featured on KNOWHEN’s blog and they were gracious enough to offer two of their Saliva Monitors as a giveaway today.

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A saliva monitor can help you better pinpoint your ovulation date. It’s a great addition to your fertility monitoring routine and is an easy way to gather more information on what your body is doing.

KNOWHEN says their saliva monitor is 98% accurate and it’s cleared by the FDA. (You can learn more about what it means to be FDA-cleared vs. FDA-approved here).

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The saliva monitor comes with access to the KNOWHEN Personal Ovulation Tracking Application, which is available on Apple and Android devices. It retails for $59.99, but two lucky ladies will win one here!

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To enter the giveaway, go to KNOWHEN’s giveaway page and download their free eBook.  The giveaway will run until Monday, August 3rd.  

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this giveaway and did not receive any free product.

Ally’s Infertility Story

Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand.  This week I’m chatting with Ally.  Ally will be writing several guest posts on this blog over the next few months, and I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Ally, and he’s Trevor, and we live and work at a Bible Camp in Iowa. We love camping, the outdoors, and going on motorcycle rides. Trevor also enjoys dirt biking and doing a little fishing now and again, and I blog over at A Home Called Shalom

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Q. How long have you been trying to conceive and what issues are you facing?

Our infertility journey is… well, it’s different. We stopped using any form of birth control about six months after we got married (so about two and a half years ago), when we realized that our faith was leading us to be open to life and to truly trust God completely– not only for our future plans, our calling, or finances, but also with our fertility.

I began charting my cycles (using the Sympto-Thermal method) as a way of learning more about my own body, and that’s when we learned something was wrong. It didn’t look like I was ovulating at all.

We went to the doctor, and sat through a few very disappointing appointments. We felt just plain yucky at the end of them. We knew that we didn’t want to go back on any kind of birth control (like the doctor recommended at first).

We felt pushed into making decisions, and like the doctor wasn’t giving us options or even taking my observations into account. Trevor and I had already decided what we were comfortable with as far as treatments go, and when we expressed that decision, the doctor brushed us off.

After that, I did some research and we decided to switch to the Creighton Model System of fertility charting. The Creighton Model System (or CrMS) is a very well-researched method, and it includes NaPro Technologies that are designed to get at the core issue that you’re facing and heal that first.

Our NaProTech doctor looked at my charts and symptoms, and did a lot of testing. It turns out that I have PCOS, a condition that causes issues with hormones and also can severely restrict ovulation.

One of the things that I value most about our experience with CrMS and NaPro has been that everything really goes at the pace we’re comfortable with. I wasn’t ready to try any kind of medications, and that was okay with the doctor. I never feel pressured or pushed, and I know that my practitioner always has my back.

CrMS is very couples-focused, which I also really enjoy. It’s not my fertility that we’re interested in, it’s our fertility. We make decisions together, and our practitioner encourages us to be intentional about connecting in our marriage during this tough time.   [Read more…]

Preparing for IVF {Weekly Infertility Link Up}

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I’ve been hard at work on the Preparing for IVF Course I’ll be releasing in a few weeks. I am so grateful to those of you who responded to my earlier request asking for your questions and worries about IVF. Your responses are helping me create a course that I believe will be helpful and encouraging to anyone who feels overwhelmed at the thought of IVF.

For more details on the course, or to sign up to receive an email notification (plus a promo code for a HUGE discount) when it’s ready, you can check out the Course Page.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

Now Onto the Link Up… Here’s How It Works

  1. Leave your link in the comments below. Please tell us a little about your post or describe it.
  2. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  3. Please visit at least one other blog in the link-up and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
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